The first pay per view of 2016 for the UFC could not have ended on a better note. After a devastating first round KO by Stipe Miocic the night was capped off by a barn burner. Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit went the distance in a five round sorcher that showed favor to Lawler in a close split decision. It was a strong kick off for the UFC 2016 though we feel some fans aren’t too happy with the final result of the title fight.
Robbie Lawler(27-10) has the uncanny ability to take early damage and turn the fight into an extraordinary momentum based story. His opponent Carlos Condit(30-9) is one of the most vicious fighters on the planet but tonight he was just not “ruthless” enough. He did manage to pull off two exciting early rounds that found Robbie is a bunch of trouble. Not many fighters can confuse and stuff the striking ability of the champion Robbie Lawler but Carlos is no ordinary athlete. He dropped Lawler in the first to cause him to face plant but Ruthless recovered nonetheless. He also connected frequently with jab, hook combination which highlighted his precise and even flowing attack. All Robbie could do was up the pace of the fight and turn the match into a brawl. That allowed openings for the champ and he put down Carlos himself with a nasty overhead right. Going into the fifth round it was any man’s fight even though Condit seemed ahead due to the numbers. The final round showed each man giving it their all to the point that at the end they both hung their heads low with arms clinging to the cage as their effort was pushed to the max. It was a great championship match for two of the more beloved killers in the sport.
All it took was a solid right followed by a left that ended the night and momentum for Andrei Arlovski(25-11). The winner Stipe Miocic(14-2) has been on the outside looking in at a title fight for too long and tonight he made his presence felt. After the quick fight Stipe ran to the side of the cage to yell at Dana White for the next shot at the crown. It’s possible he could be but we will have to wait and see how Cain vs Werdum 2 goes first.
Two gifted strikers went at in Lorenz Larkin(16-5) and Albert Tumenov(17-2). As predicted the boxing advantage went to Einstein as he he found a left hook to the body followed by an uppercut that gave him a slidge edge early. Lorenz kept the fight close by tearing into the legs of Tumenov which had him limping and changing stances heading into the the third round. Lorenz has been looking great since his move to welterweight but looked baffled at the great boxing technique of Albert. His boxing would be the difference as he takes the fight by a close split decision. Albert is truly a dangerous fighter and moved one step closer to his ultimate goal.
Brian Ortega(10-0) is turning mma fans into believers continuing his perfect record. Tonight was truly the biggest test in his career facing Diego Brando(20-11). It was a great fight as Brian had no issue trading with Diego. The first and second rounds were close with a slight advantage by Brando who found a early combination in his favor. The second round brought more of a relaxed Brando but Brian also seemed at ease while executing his game plan. We knew we would be in store for a great third round but the choke attempts by Ortega showed how gifted this young man is with his BJJ. He went from an guillotine, to arm bar and finally into his signature triangle choke that had Brando tapping furiously, Dealing with a striker of his ability and finishing him keeps Ortega as one to watch in 2016.
Abel Trujillo(13-7) picks up his first UFC win by submission with a surprising guittone choke. The striking started to go in the favor of Tony Sims(12-4) early but he made a mistake going for a takedown on Abel. He went to slam Trujillo who instantly caught his neck and went with the fall to set up a deadly guillotine. It only took a matter of seconds for the stronger Abel to cause him to tap not even in guard. Great win for Abel but we will see more from Sims soon.
UFC 195 also saw a comeback win for Michael McDonald(17-3), Dustin Poirier(19-4) and a debut victory for strawweight fighter Justine Kish(5-0). Up next for the UFC is UFC Fight Night Dillashaw vs Cruz. on January 17th. The full results for UFC 195 are listed below.
Robbie Lawler def. Carlos Condit via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)
Stipe Miocic def. Andrei Arlovski via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:54
Albert Tumenov def. Lorenz Larkin via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Brian Ortega def. Diego Brandao via submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 1:37
Abel Trujillo def. Tony Sims via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 3:18
Michael McDonald def. Masanori Kanehara via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:09
Alex Morono def. Kyle Noke via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Justine Kish def. Nina Ansaroff via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Drew Dober def. Scott Holtzman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Dustin Poirier def. Joseph Duffy via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Michinori Tanaka def. Joe Soto via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Sheldon Westcott def. Edgar Garcia via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:12